Railroad Park Resort: Sleeping in a Train Car in Dunsmuir

Disclosure: This experience was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own. When traveling California, it is always a blast to stumble on unique places like this resort in the Dunsmuir / Mt. Shasta area. All of the rooms are caboose train cars that have been turned into full-fledged hotel rooms with a bed, heater, […]

The Monterey Hotel in Historic Downtown Monterey

This room was provided free of charge; all opinions are my own. The Monterey Hotel is situated right in downtown Monterey, a stone’s throw from Fisherman’s Wharf. It is a beautiful old Victorian building that is actually part of the Monterey Historic Park, and it was a great home base for two days of exploring […]

Idyllcreek A-Frame Cabin in Idyllwild

This experience was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own. Idyllwild is a nice mountain town near Palm Springs that’s a popular destination for people that live in lower elevation like myself. I have been many times over the years but when I saw some of the A-frame cabins available on Air BnB […]

Westin St. Francis in San Francisco’s Union Square

Disclosure: This stay was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own. The Westin St. Francis is a historic hotel in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square that has the fun historic charm with all of the modern amenities you have come to expect from luxury hotels. I got a chance to spend […]

The Landing Resort & Spa in South Lake Tahoe

Located only a stone’s throw from Heavenly Village and the casinos of South Lake Tahoe, The Landing Tahoe Resort & Spa feels like it is worlds away. This luxury hotel, situated right next to the lake is full of amenities, a fantastic restaurant and is a great home away from home in South Lake Tahoe. […]

Hotel Azure in South Lake Tahoe

Disclosure: This stay was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own. South Lake Tahoe has no shortage of hotels to choose from when you visit; for me though, I like the places that feel more quaint over the large casino hotels. You will usually find me at a place like Hotel Azure or […]

Horsetail Ranch: A Luxury Vacation Rental in Creston, Near Paso Robles

In San Luis Obispo County, along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles is becoming a booming area full of wine, restaurants, and places to explore. When looking for a place to stay in the area, it is hard to beat the new luxury vacation rental property just opened last year known as HorseTail Ranch, about 25 […]

Kimpton Goodland in Goleta / Santa Barbara Hotel Review

Located 15 minutes from Santa Barbara in the town of Goleta, the Kimpton Goodland is one of the most fun boutique hotels I have stayed at on the central coast. The property retains that retro vibe while having the fresh, modern amenities you have come to expect from destination hotels. I had a hard time […]

Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa in Santa Rosa

When I travel, I always look for unique hotels to try during my stay. So during my recent trip to Santa Rosa, I chose to stay at the historic and mid-century modern spot known as the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa. With a history that includes being a playground for celebrities in the mid-1900’s, and […]

Point Reyes Hostel: A Great & Cheap Place to Stay in the Park

When researching places to stay in Point Reyes, I kept coming across the HI Point Reyes Hostel. Having stayed in hostels a lot across Europe, I figured I should give an American hostel a try. Upon arriving, I knew it would be a good time when I came into the lobby and four people were […]